TVA lowers lake levels to prepare for rain from tropical storm Cindy

JUNE 21– Heavy rains are forecast for much of the Tennessee Valley from tropical storm Cindy beginning Thursday.

To help minimize flooding, the Tennessee Valley Authority announced it will be lowering some lake levels to create additional water storage capacity. Those lakes being lowered include Pickwick, Fort Loudoun, Watts Bar, Chickamauga, Nickajack, Guntersville, Wheeler, Wilson and and Kentucky.

Current forecasts predict 5 to 6 inches of rain moving into the Tennessee Valley region late Thursday through Saturday. Normal rainfall for the entire month of June is usually about 4 inches.

“We are taking proactive steps to prepare for this coming rain event by lowering lake levels where we have the ability to create additional storage for the rain we expect to receive,” said James Everett, manager of River Forecasting Center Operations Support. “Our team will be closely tracking this system and continuously receiving up-to-the-minute information about rainfall and lake levels. This data will be used to model various scenarios and help us minimize flood damage along TVA’s entire system of dams and reservoirs.”

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